With the announcement a month of Mauricio”Shogun” Rua’s powerful shoulder surgery, the Brazilian legend has continued his legacy of becoming a mixed martial arts (MMA) medical marvel. It’s beyond obvious that Shogun is injury prone. But with the amount of punishment he’s obtained, many might consider it amazing that is he’s not only still alive to discuss it but continues fighting professionally in the maximum level on the greatest point to this day. Throughout Shogun’s storied 30+ fight MMA career, he’s confronted countless setbacks via the much-maligned MMA Injury Bug. IMG_1702
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Is the shoulder operation the end result of the essential maintainance when it is comes to battling, or of a washed up fighter? It’s definitely more than just another slight setback to his already legendary career, as it is serious enough that will not see him contend until early 2016. At just 33 years of age, it seems like a regular process on the surface. But to a lot of fans, this is just one more reason to create a statement that Shogun’s best days as a fighter are obviously behind him. Perhaps even he should retire. The toughest issue concerning the Shogun scenario is that he’s not even that old, but fight years are a completely different story. IMG_1693 Many pundits accredit the overwhelming accumulation of harm to a combo of his days sparring with the legendary Chute Boxe Academy and to the grueling losses he’s gathered inside the Octagon. There’s no doubt that Shogun’s time as a professional mixed Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him physically. It remains to be seen what the cost have been in association with winning those four UFC”Fight of the Night” performance bonuses. Can they blame for why many think Shogun is well past his prime? This article provides a brief medial synopsis of the harms the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued during his times as an expert fighter to further illustrate the determining as to when a fighter is potentially past his prime, and to prove a fighter being near retirement isn’t entirely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees alone have confronted more wear and tear compared to almost any fighter currently on the UFC roster with the exclusion of Dominick Cruz. The Brazilian first injured his anterior cruciate ligament training for his struggle with Forrest Griffin in UFC 76. Attempting to fight injury, he blew out the fascia completely during the ensuing fight. The injury required surgery to fix and countless hours of rehabilitation. Upon rehabbing the helpless leg for many weeks, he returned to instruction and sadly completely blew out his ACL. Another surgery and rehabilitation regimen kept him on the sidelines before his UFC 93 bout with Mark Coleman that was nearly a year and a half after the fight with Griffin. While training for a rematch from Lyoto Machida, he once again injured his knee against physicians orders, he proceeded to fight . Despite winning in convincing manner, the cause foIMG_1695r celebration was curtailed by Rua’s requirement for immediate surgery. As a result it would be just over 10 months later before enthusiasts would see him create his Octagon return against Jon Jones. It was a fight that not only finished his title reign in devastating fashion but one where the fighter looked to be a shell of his former self for the very first time. To put it simply, his knee imploded. And then it happened . And then it occurred once more for good measure. The surgical repair count required to repair his knees immediately required three major surgeries in under three years. However it has to be noted that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can not blame these injuries alone for hindering his dreams of becoming a UFC winner. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for another time, Shogun went to be UFC champion, however brief the title reign was. Regrettably, it is doubtful this time around that Shogun will reclaim his glory days of times ago. As fans, we all hope he gets beyond these latest injury woes to develop into a contender once again. But as handicappers we must take this as yet another indication he is not capable of competing with the division’s elite.
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